And guess who often enforces said Act....Can anyone explain how the drive towards abandonment of the countryside AKA "rewilding" will mesh with the Weeds Act of 1959? Due to a family dispute a farm local to me as left unworked for a couple of years and very quickly became covered with ragwort, thistles and docks causing major problems to neighbours who were trying to keep their fields clean
An i am not a Guardian reader by choice...I think this sums up the current dilemma for all land managers in England and regardless of options or whether you are a landlord or tenant.. None of us can make the right business investment plan with so little knowledge...
From the last paragraph:
Yes....the dried bracken goes right into the edge of the forests....so only a question of time and right wind direction and we'll have more huge fires around here.
I can't see that government would have a role in the shaded farmer scenario, or in advising farmers on their legal rights or responsibilities in general - but if it's a wider point about providing clear guidance alongside schemes then yes, we're working on that in partnership with farmers and will design the guidance to work best for farmersWell that would mean the down stream farmer can not ruin the river and flood his land as he will be breaking the law.
So will you be putting this info next to the option? To let the farmer know the risk he runs flooding his land? I am sure if you pay a farmer to do it and you are aware of the law and they are not and you did not tell them then their maybe a case against defra.
How about the tree example then?
A wood is planted on a slope with defra grant that then shades out large area of the neighbours land?
Reduced yields and late ripening on the shaded land.
Compensation for the shaded farmer?
We published some information about the applicants here, yes: https://defrafarming.blog.gov.uk/2021/10/15/update-on-the-sustainable-farming-incentive-pilot/ - we'll update this once we've finished working though all the applications with the applicants, which we have almost now done but not quite finished.
I wasn't there at the time but I'm well aware there were problems and lessons to be learned, yes.would you agree that the RPA were unsuccessful in the original rollout of the SPS scheme in 2005?
The farming budget is not for administration, it is for payments out - RPA administration is funded separately. There is a small technical assistance pot which is about 1% of the total and is used for development and delivery of schemes.would you agree that the SPS scheme was relatively straightforward in comparison to the proposed scheme?
What proportion of the SPS or even current BPS is passed to the RPA? And what proportion will be passed to administer the new schemes?
We published a detailed evidence compendium in September 2019, and we used that as the basis for deciding to do the agricultural transition over 7 years to allow farmers time to plan. We will be publishing an update to this analysis shortly. https://www.gov.uk/government/publi...nvironment-evidence-compendium-latest-editionAre the impact assessments for the new ELMS available online?
I agree this is a complex and important set of issues - there are colleagues of mine in Defra working on these questions as part of Defra's work on carbon markets, including looking at how to verify emissions reductions and verify that they're permanent / long term. Also on on biodiversity net gain.Ok your scaring me now.
first carbon credits, how have they any value?
Unless a farm is carbon negative and actively locking up carbon in a long term and ongoing way, (trees) how is there anything to sell, If I took an option to increase soil carbon levels, and I did so for a few years after calculating my farm is net zero before that then maybe I can lock some carbon at some point that will max out how is that able to be sold in any meaningful way? Why would any environmentally goal driven person or agency encourage their sale. The fact that if DEFRA see field options as carbon capture, that then are worth credits, is scary.
There is no long term extra income from locking up carbon in in crop actions after a point carbon maxes out and you have nothing to sell.
these bio credits again a joke, I put some bio diversity in, sell the credits. what the scheme says it’s a developer buying credits to offset bio lost from development, who polices this stuff if I rip the bio diversity out do I hand the money back? If the developer wants to pay an annual fee, so I maintain it long term, and cope with the long term loss of income, what happens when the developer goes bust or stops paying?
Where is the bio diversity then, as basically I then look to sell it to someone else, and the loss of bio D the first company payed for is just lost, at best this is just a new form of green washing. . .